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The Ten Lost TribesA World History$
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Zvi Ben-Dor Benite

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307337.001.0001

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Tricksters and Travels

Tricksters and Travels

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The Ten Lost Tribes

Zvi Ben‐Dor Benite (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how the story of Ten Lost Tribes becomes even more elaborate during the rise of the Islamic Empire and the middle ages. The practical unification of the world by Islam created possibilities for travel between Europe, Africa, and Asia. The chapter describes how early travelers “reported” on the ten tribes in their travelogues and how these reports became part of the general knowledge about them. The chapter also describes how the myth of “Prester John” came to be and how it became intertwined with the story of the ten lost tribes.

Keywords:   Islamic Empire, tricksters, travel literature, John of Mandeville, Eldad Ha‐Dani, Benjamin of Tudela, Prester John, Ethiopia, Mongols

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